For those who thought that WIMAX was dead in China, you can think again! China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced several WIMAX trial networks in August. This can come as a surprise since MIIT had outlawed WIMAX in 2008 on the grounds that it interfered with the uptake of the domestic 3G standard TD-SCDMA.
Part of the explanation may lie in the fact that the Chinese WAPI (Wireless Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure) standard was given the green light to reapply for international recognition by the ISO – it had been rejected before on two counts. Part may also come from the fact that ISO has been encouraging China and the IEEE to work together to make WAPI compliant with existing international standards for local area networks.
Now that the horse-trading is finished, let’s see what the market will choose, provided there is no further “interference” in the process.